Royal Navy frigate starts month-long break in South Africa

HMS Portland with the Simonsberg in the background. Photo: Royal Navy

Royal Navy’s Type 23 frigate HMS Portland is currently in Simonstown, South Africa, where the crew started ...

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Future destroyer 'Rafael Peralta' completes Alpha trials

The future USS Rafael Peralta (DDG 115) sets sail for the first time to conduct initial at-sea builder's trials off the coast of Maine. Photo: General Dynamics, Bath Iron Works

The U.S. Navy said its future guided-missile destroyer USS Rafael Peralta (DDG 115) successfully completed Alpha ...

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US, UK minehunters team up for Persian Gulf MCM drills

U.S. and Royal Navy mine countermeasures ships with two MH-53 helicopters from HM-15 Detachment Two during US-UK Mine Countermeasures Exercise 17-1. Photo: US Navy

Minehunters from the US and UK kicked off the mine countermeasures exercise 17-1 in the Persian Gulf with a ...

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USS Mason's defense systems proven in real-life scenario?

An SM-2 missile is launched from the aft vertical launching system aboard USS Arleigh Burke. Photo: US Navy

USS Mason (DDG-87) is a U.S. Navy Arleigh Burke-class destroyer equipped with a range of combat systems providing

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USS Mason's defense systems proven in real-life scenario?

An SM-2 missile is launched from the aft vertical launching system aboard USS Arleigh Burke. Photo: US Navy

USS Mason (DDG-87) is a U.S. Navy Arleigh Burke-class destroyer equipped with a range of combat systems providing ...

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Royal Malaysian Navy picks Terma radars for Lekiu frigates

Royal Malaysian Navy frigates RMN Jebat (FF 29) and RMN Lekiu (FF 30) sail in formation with  USS George Washington during a transit of the Andaman Sea in 2012. Photo: US Navy

The Royal Malaysian Navy has selected Terma’s Scanter 6000 radar as their combined navigation and helicopter ...

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Airbus, DCNS team up to develop the French Navy aerial drone

Photo: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters and DCNS have signed an agreement to collaborate on designing the future tactical component of ...

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Czech Gripen fighter jets train with NATO ships

Photo: NATO/Czech Air Force

A Czech squadron of Gripen fighter jets have reached the second week of their air-maritime integration and carried ...

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10th annual Border Security Conference

The 2017 conference will possibly be the most relevant and topical event to date as we enter our 10th successive year…

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Naval Mission Systems Technology

Integrating Naval Assets to Ensure Enhanced Maritime Operations and Support.

Navies are constantly looking at how the collection and dissemination of data from marine helicopters, UAVs, radars and shore based sensors through C2 systems can be improved to produce an accurate, clear, and all-encompassing picture of the maritime theatre for allied forces.

The complexity associated with effectively coordinating the variety of operations of these systems means that interoperability between all systems, divisions, and nations is of paramount importance. Therefore, SMi’s Naval Mission Systems Technology Conference will explore the strategies and technologies required to develop next generation capability in this vital area of national defence.

The expert speaker panel includes: Italian Navy, U.S. Navy, NATO Modelling and Simulation Center of Excellence (M & S COE), BAAINBw, The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), University College London and many more.

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Exponaval 2016

EXPONAVAL and TRANS-PORT have become established as one of the most important international naval defence and maritime fairs in Latin America…

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Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance Technology 2017

Maximising Maritime Situational Awareness Capabilities for the Safety and Protection of International Waters

Gold Sponsor: PAE
Sponsored by: exactEarth

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After last year’s huge success the SMi Group is proud to announce the 2nd Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance Technology. The event will be held in Rome on the 30th and 31st of January 2017.

Based on the success of the 2016 conference, we aim to replicate and improve by providing a more regional focus, not just on the Mediterranean, but other areas of interest including the Black Sea and further beyond in the Asia Pacific region. All of which have keen collective interest on ensuring the safety and security of legitimate maritime activities.

This high level meeting will bring together senior military leadership, project decision makers, technical experts and cutting edge industry solution providers to explore future endeavours that will enhance the security and stability of the world’s oceans.

The 2017 programme will:

  • Provide a wider regional focus outside of the Mediterranean where challenges are also persistent
  • Feature high ranking military personnel involved with the enhancement of maritime surveillance platforms and systems
  • Present a running theme on the importance of information sharing as operations are increasingly conducted at an international level
  • Include Informal networking time to talk to peers and colleagues also shaping and influencing Maritime ISR programs today
  • Allow learning on how other nations are developing their maritime surveillance and reconnaissance provision from past experience and cutting edge research and development
  • Get to the heart of challenges faced by modern maritime forces such as capability gaps and what requirements they now have


  • Rear Admiral Giovanbattista Raimondi, Chief of C4 and Security Department, Italian Navy
  • Rear Admiral Nicola Carlone, Chief of Operations, Italian Coast Guard
  • Colonel Sergio Cavuoti, Chief of the Intelligence and Awareness Policy Branch of the Air Staff Aerospace Planning Division, Italian Air Force


  • Rear Admiral Enrico Credendino, EU Navfor Med Operation Commander, EU Naval Force
  • Commodore William Ellis, Commander CTF-67, US Naval Forces Europe
  • Captain Jan De Beurme, Chief of Staff, Belgian Navy
  • Captain Fernando Angelo, Director, Navy Intelligence Analysis Centre,  Portuguese Navy 
  • Wing Commander Richard Berry, P-8 Poseidon Program Manager, Royal Air Force
  • Commander Michael Sela, Head of C5I Branch in the R&D department, Israeli Navy
  • Commander Pasi Staff, Chief of Surveillance, Finnish Navy
  • Commander Hannes Schroeder-Lanz, Branch Chief C4ISR, Germany Navy
  • Guy Thomas, Director, C-SIGMA
  • Gerard O’Flynn, Head of SAR Ops, Irish Coast Guard
  • Leendert Bal, Head of Department C Operations, European Maritime Safety
  • Joachim Beckh, Technical Working Group Chair, MARSUR
  • Vice Admiral (Ret’d) Peter Hudson, Former Commander, NATO MARCOM







Register online at: or email Justin Predescu on


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US and Royal Navy officers discuss carrier operations

L-R: Captain Crawford USN, Vice Admiral Crawford USN, Commander Saybolt USN, Mr Jason Lawrence, Commander Park RN, Captain Wright RN, Commodore Jameson OBE RN, Commander Farrant RN. Photo: Royal Navy

Senior lawyers from the US Navy and the Royal Navy met at the stone frigate HMS Excellent for formal joint talks ...

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USS Essex upgraded for F-35B operations

USS Essex. Photo: US Navy

The U.S. Navy is currently modifying its Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD-2) to make it capable of ...

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US Navy helicopter squadron conducts mine warfare drills

The MH-53E Sea Dragon departs the Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division (NSWC PCD) flight line over St. Andrews Bay for an Airborne Mine Countermeasures mission off the coast of Panama City, Florida on Oct. 6, 2016. Photo: US Navy

U.S. Navy’s helicopter mine countermeasures squadron (HM) 15 carried out annual airborne mine countermeasures ...

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German Navy frigates to feature iXblue navigation systems

Photo: German Navy

French technology company iXblue has received a contract to supply inertial navigation systems for ...

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US Navy speeds up production of APKWSTM laser-guided rockets

APKWS. Photo: BAE Systems

The U.S. Navy has contracted BAE Systems to manufacture Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWSTM) ...

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German WWI 'mystery' submarine found off Scotland

Photo: Scottish Power

A WW1 naval mystery might be finally solved after a German U-boat was found off the coast of Wigtownshire, Scotland ...

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Indian Navy commissions fast attack craft INS Tihayu

Photo: Twitter

The Indian Navy commissioned the newest Car Nicobar-class fast attack craft INS Tihayu at the Eastern Naval Command ...

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DCNS unveils design of French Navy's new medium size frigate

Photo: DCNS

In collaboration with the French defence procurement agency (DGA), DCNS has unveiled the French Navy’s ...

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Russian aircraft carrier escorted off Norway

Russian warships are seen off the coast of Norway. Photo: Norwegian Armed Forces

Russian cruiser-carrier Admiral Kuznetsov and other ships from its strike group were escorted off the Norwegian ...

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LCS post shakedown contract boosts Austal's support business

Photo: Austal

The U.S. Navy has awarded Austal USA a contract to provide engineering and management services support of the Post ...

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Australian naval officers complete Aegis course in US

Members of the Royal Australian Navy, Navy civilians and Lockheed Martin employees celebrated the conclusion of their Aegis Combat System training. Photo: Lockheed Martin

Australian naval officers recently graduated from a two month Aegis combat systems course at the Combat Systems ...

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HMCS Vancouver visits Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

HMCS Vancouver file photo

Canadian Navy frigate HMCS Vancouver arrived in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, October 18 to conduct a goodwill visit ...

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Australian minehunters stop in Fiji


Royal Australian Navy minehunters HMAS Huon and Diamantina made a brief stopover in Suva, Fiji on their way back ...

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US amphibious dock landing ship arrives in Cambodia

From left, the amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42), the Military Sealift Command fleet oiler USNS Walter S. Diehl, the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard and the guided-missile destroyer USS Decatur steam in formation in the South China Sea, Oct. 13, 2016. Photo: US Navy

U.S. Navy’s Whidbey Island-class amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) arrived in ...

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Irish Navy commissions third OPV LÉ William Butler Yeats

Photo: Irish Navy

The Irish Navy has commissioned its third offshore patrol vessel, LÉ William Butler Yeats, during an October ...

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NZ Navy marks 75 anniversary with International Naval Review


The Royal New Zealand Navy is hosting a 15-nation International Naval Review to mark the 75th anniversary of its ...

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John Lewis-class oilers to be powered by Rolls-Royce engines

Rendering of TAO-205 Fleet Oiler. Photo: NASSCO

Rolls-Royce announced that it has signed a contract to supply diesel generators, propellers and shaft lines for the ...

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Saab takes over Nordic Defence Industries

Photo: Saab

Saab has announced that it acquired another Danish naval company which designs and manufactures mine disposal ...

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